Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing! Or Not.

Via Legal Insurrection, there is this story in the British press about how evil, maniacal madman George W. Bush hid the evidence of global warming from the public. However, with the administration of the god-man Barack Obama, the truth is being revealed

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As you can clearly see, in July 2006, there was lots of ice just offshore of Barrow, Alaska. But in July 2007, the ice had completely disappeared, clearly showing that the earth is warming, Barrow is warming, and they soon will be hosting sunbathing tourists who formerly vacationed in Florida. The Guardian says:

Graphic images that reveal the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic have been released by the US military. The photographs, taken by spy satellites over the past decade, confirm that in recent years vast areas in high latitudes have lost their ice cover in summer months.

(What’s that bit about “recent years”?  Gee, wasn’t 2006 a recent year? They had lots of ice then. I guess  2007 is a recent year, but 2006 is not?

But here is the video showing Barrow in July 2008.

It shows lots of ice, just offshore, in early July. Just like 2006.  Most interesting is the fact that there is lots of ice in the first half of July, and then it seems to disappear in the second half of July. So, if the first picture above was taken in the first half of 2006, and the second one was taken in the last half of 2007, that might explain the difference. In other words, it may well be that July is the “ice out” month for Barrow, and it just depends on when in July you take the picture.  

That seems to be what happened in 2008.

But wait. Here is the video for 2007, the year when the ice supposedly disappeared. And on June 20th, you can clearly see ice out there. And mysteriously, this video ends on June 30 or so. All the others go all the way through the year.

So something is wrong somewhere. Either the video posted on  youtube is not really 2007 – or somebody is misrepresenting the satellite photos. Look at the second photo – see how it is darker than the other one? It seems more like a photographic negative. It may have been taken with a different technology than the first one.  Maybe the second is a radar image rather than a natural light image, and maybe a radar image simply would not pick up an image of ice.

At any rate, last year saw a great increase of ice. Arctic sea ice rebounded to 1979 levels last year.

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